Historically, and to this day largely the cause of celebration in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day marks the life and death of Ireland’s most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Today, though, around the world, St. Patrick’s Day has become the celebration of Irish culture in general, a culture that has been reduced to the following things: the color green, leprechauns, pots of gold, shamrocks, and beer. On March 17, people all over the world disregard their native heritage and become Irish (or at least what they believe is Irish). Show some Irish pride this St. Patrick’s Day in one of these great costumes.
Don’t Get Pinched: Wear Green
The tradition of getting pinched for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is an annoying one. Play it safe and deck yourself out in green from head-to-toe with this costume from halloweencostumes4u.com.
The Classic Leprechaun
It’s not truly St. Patrick’s Day without the legendary Leprechaun. The Leprechaun is an Irish folklore legend, commonly depicted as an old man in green with a red beard who has a knack for mischief. If the Leprechaun is captured by a human, he has the power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. You can surely have some fun with this bit of Irish folklore this St. Patrick’s Day. Despite traditionally being a male fairy, Leprechaun costumes have transcended gender boundaries and can now be enjoyed by men, women and children. Find Leprechaun costumes for the whole family at Target.com.
Or if you prefer, assemble your own traditional Leprechaun beard with this DIY tutorials here.
The Allusive Pot of Gold
No one will have trouble finding you at the end of the rainbow this Saint Patrick’s Day in this costume.
Ireland in a Mug
Nothing says Irish on St. Patrick’s Day like a frothy mug of beer. It’s the uniting factor of the holiday around the world, and you can represent it better than anyone in these costumes. Find a women’s costume here and a costume for men here.
Attempt an Irish jig, and look adorably charming at the same time in this traditional Irish dancer costume. I recommend checking out some YouTube videos of Irish dancing steps to really play the part.
Regardless of what you wear on March 17, join the rest of the world this St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrate the cultural traditions of Ireland, and perhaps even spend a moment thinking about the late Saint Patrick. Have fun, wear green, and be safe. Erin go bragh!